Angelina Jolie joins Instagram, shines a spotlight on Afghanistan crisis
Angelina Jolie has joined Instagram — and is using it as a tool for her humanitarian efforts.
The actress, director, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy made her social media debut on Friday (Aug. 20, 2021), sharing a letter she was sent from a teenage girl from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover and collapse of the Afghan government.
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Amidst the ongoing Afghan crisis where the Taliban has recaptured the war-torn country after nearly 20 years and started showing off their brutality again, Angelina Jolie joined Instagram to condemn the violence.
In her first and only post so far, the actress slammed the Taliban for curbing the rights of women in Afghanistan yet again. She shared a letter written by an Afghan girl to her and expressed anguish as world powers failed to contain the terrorist organization despite the fact that millions of lives and millions of dollars are spent on Afghan to give them the freedom they want.
“This is a letter I was sent from a teenage girl in Afghanistan,” Jolie’s caption began. “Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely. So I’ve come on Instagram to share their stories and the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights.”
The girl, whose name was redacted, wrote about her fears that the return of the Taliban will end her school career, saying “we are all imprisoned again.”
Jolie has already amassed 5.4 million followers and the post has garnered 2.3 million likes.